Men's 4 × 400 metres relay world record progression

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The first world record in the 4 x 400 metres for men (athletics) was recognized by the International Amateur Athletics Federation, now known as the International Association of Athletics Federations, in 1912.

The IAAF's first record in the event was for a mark set the year before the organization's formation.

To June 21, 2009, the IAAF has ratified 15 world records in the event.[1]

The following table shows the world record progression in the men's 4 x 400 metre relay, as ratified by the IAAF. "y" denotes time for 4 x 440 yards (1609 m), ratified as a record for this event.

Records 1912–present[edit]

Time Auto Team Nationality Location of race Date
3:18.2y Irish-American AC  United States New York City, USA 1911-09-04[1]
3:16.6 United States  United States Stockholm, Sweden 1912-06-15[1]
3:16.0 United States  United States Paris, France 1924-07-13[1]
3:14.2 United States  United States Amsterdam, Netherlands 1928-08-05[1]
3:13.4y United States  United States London, UK 1928-08-11[1]
3:12.6y Stanford University  United States Fresno, USA 1931-05-08[1]
3:08.2 3:08.14 United States  United States Los Angeles, USA 1932-08-07[1]
3:03.9 3:04.04 Jamaica  Jamaica Helsinki, Finland 1952-07-27[1]
3:02.2 3:02.37 United States  United States Rome, Italy 1960-09-08[1]
3:00.7 United States  United States Tokyo, Japan 1964-10-21[1]
2:59.6 United States  United States Los Angeles, USA 1966-07-24[1][2]
2:56.2 2:56.16[3] United States  United States Mexico City, Mexico 1968-10-20[1]
2:56.16 - United States  United States Seoul, South Korea 1988-10-01[1]
2:55.74 - United States  United States Barcelona, Spain 1992-08-08[1]
2:54.29 - United States  United States Stuttgart, Germany 1993-08-22[1]

The IAAF announced 12 August 2008 that they had rescinded the 1998 world record of 2:54.20 after relay team member Antonio Pettigrew admitted to using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 562. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ NewspaperARCHIVE.com - Oelwein Daily Register - 1966-07-25
  3. ^ From 1981, the IAAF accepted auto times for events up to and including 10,000 m. Accordingly, the 2:56.2 world record time from 1968 was rendered as 2:56.16.
  4. ^ "IAAF Council cancels 4x400m World record". IAAF. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2011.